Home Maintenance and Repair Tips and Checklists

DIY Plumbing

DIY Plumbing: Fixing a Clogged Drain

By Tim Coutis / May 29, 2019
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When it comes to being handy around the house, there are two areas where many of us tend to shy away — electrical work and plumbing. While anyone who’s ever received an electric shock understands the risks of doing that…

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6 Signs You Need a New Roof

By Tim Coutis / May 23, 2019
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In caring for our homes, we try to keep our eyes on every nook and cranny — but we often forget to look up. Maybe that’s because the roof, even for the experienced homeowner, can be a source of some…

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5 Household Cleaning Products That Are a Total Waste of Money

By Aly Yale / May 20, 2019
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If you’re looking to save up for a house or just cut back on spending, then reducing your expenditures is key. A great place to start? That’d be your cleaning products. Household cleaning products can really add up fast —…

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8 Clever Ways to Add Storage — Even in Small Spaces

By Aly Yale / May 6, 2019
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There’s nothing worse than having too little storage space. Not only does it mean messy, cramped, and cluttered living quarters, but it also may force you to purge some items you weren’t quite ready to part with. Fortunately, storage space…

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How to Clean Your Gutters and Why It’s So Important

By Tim Coutis / April 8, 2019
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Routing water away from your home is incredibly important. Gutters play a critical role in managing water and keeping it from ruining roofing, the exterior of your home, and ultimately flooding your basement. Clogged gutters in winter can actually detach…

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Get an Early Start with These 6 Spring Maintenance Tasks

By Tim Coutis / March 12, 2019
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Spring can be hard to imagine, even in March. Whether you’re looking at a foot or more of snow on the ground, or mountains of it in melting in the parking lots of your local shopping center, spring really is…

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Age-Appropriate Chores for Your Kids

By Aly Yale / February 5, 2019
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Chores are a great way to teach your children responsibility, as well as get a little extra help around the house. Plus, they make kids feel like a valued, important member of the family — and that can go a…

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Must-Do Winter Home Maintenance Tasks

By Aly Yale / January 21, 2019
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The cold weather has rolled in and winter is officially here. Have you taken the time to protect your home from the season’s harsh conditions? If not, it’s time to do so — before the cold weather impacts your property,…

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How to Prepare for a Blizzard or Major Snowstorm

By Tim Coutis / January 17, 2019
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Winter has a special way of arriving early every year, catching many of us unprepared — and major winter storms can have catastrophic results. Winter storms and sub-zero temperatures increase the risk of fires, car accidents, frostbite, hypothermia, and heart…

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Prep for the Seasonal Shift: Your November Home To-Do List

By Aly Yale / November 1, 2018
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Somehow, it’s already November and the holidays, winter, and even the New Year are almost upon us. Have you started prepping your home? With colder weather coming in — not to mention those in-laws and out-of-town guests — the time…

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